ESL establishes annual award for the best player, the best team and the breakthrough of the year
ESL has announced the player awards series, which crowns the best player, the best team and the breakthrough of the year, the company announced on its official website.
The average ESL rating will determine the preselected players and teams claiming the award, after which the final list of candidates in each nomination will be verified by analysts and casters. The winners will be chosen through voting of the best players (as per ESL World Ranking).
The first awards ceremony will take place in February next year on the IEM Katowice 2023 stage. As a one-time award, ESL will also name the best player of the decade and award him with the corresponding statuette at the opening ceremony of IEM Rio 2022.
Currently, HLTV.org's top 1 player title is considered the most prestigious individual award on the professional CS:GO scene. Every year in January, journalists unveil the twenty strongest esports athletes.